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Road to Sochi: Justin Reiter

9:25 PM, Nov 17, 2013   |    comments
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PARK CITY, Utah - If you ask snowboard racer Justin Reiter to meet up at his place, there's a good chance he'll roll up in his Toyota truck.

"This is my home. This is my truck. This is my adventure mobile. This is my base camp," Reiter said.

He calls Summit County, Colorado home normally. But, while training this past summer in Park City, Utah he decided his gray pickup would be his rolling home away from home.

"I don't want that to be a pity party, or a sob story. It's my choice," Reiter said.

It's a place he can show you in seconds. The bedroom, kitchen, bathroom and garage for his bike are all within a hands reach.

Unlike European countries that fund their athletes, U.S. Athletes like Justin often find funds a little scarce, working second jobs or spending more time looking for sponsors. So, to spend more time training Justin is spending less on rent. It's a choice he made after missing the last two Olympics and deciding that in 2014 things would be different.

"I am choosing to do this so I can put 100 percent into getting to Sochi," Reiter said.

Plus, he says while some athletes get special treatment, his life on the road keeps him as grounded as the wheels on his truck.

"[I'm] trying to keep myself humble by literally sleeping in the dirt,"' Reiter said.

It must be working because his snowboard racing has never been better. This season he has already taken a podium at Copper Mountain and last season he won second at the World Championships.

That brings us to the only room in Reiter's truck he has yet to show us. It's the trophy room in his glove box.

"What we have in there is my world champion medal ," Reiter said.

It's where this February Justin hopes to add an Olympic medal, thanks to a lot of hard work and the wheels he says are driving him all the way to Sochi.

"This vehicle right here is the tool that will help me get there," Reiter said.

If you would like to help Justin reach his Olympic goal you can learn more about him at www.rallyme.com

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